Monday, January 29, 2007

Roadside Graves - West Coast

Sounding surprisingly chipper for a band called roadside graves, this comes courtesy of kill buffalo records. It sounds to me like the moment's breathing space that is Royal Cafe at the end of AMC's Everclear, a record that I may hold too dear to my heart to be healthy. The snakey guitar and bass lines jostle with an (relatively) upbeat tempo whilst mordant vocals provide the cover. Cheers John.

Listen: Roadside Graves - West Coast


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Pat Whelan - Down the backroads

Pat emailed me a few weeks ago and I followed the link to find out I liked his tunes on myspace. Pat is apparently friends with Grantura, who I posted about last year, although I can't see any real link beyond the vaguely mellow feel to both bands. This track is the opener from his Stand up single. There are some very clever chord changes at work here that lift a good song into another league.

Listen: Pat Whelan - down the backroads


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Catherine Howe - Up North

Another classic English chanteuse has a great album re-released from the early seventies, chamber folk, with classy LSO strings and an unaffected plaintive tone make the album Beautiful Place perfect for the fresh snowfall outside the window at the moment.

Listen: Catherine Howe - Up North

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra - hallelujah

Melody Mountain is a whole album of covers done in a lonesome-friendly fashion. Here's a little balm for your Monday back to work blues.

Listen: Susanna and the Magical Orchestra - Hallelujah

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Charlie Louvin - the kind of man I am

Sorry it's been so quiet around here recently, work is a bit mental at the moment. Here's some old school country, from his album of the same name.

Listen: Charlie Louvin - the kind of man I am sorry link no longer working


Friday, January 05, 2007

James Blackshaw - skylark heralds dawn

Or more correctly skylark herald's dawn (my comments don't like the apostrophe) this comes courtesy of a piece in the Observer that tweaked my interest about 12 string instumental folk - I've long had my beaten up Eko 12 string tuned in fifths, and always thought that alternatively tuned 12 strings were a rich seam to mine musically. Anyway James Blackshaw makes just such music - multilayered, instumental folk. Most tracks are too long to post here, but the drone like quality means that they never feel like they've been over drawn-out like a bad 80's 12" remix. This is one of his shorter, simpler tracks.

Listen: james blackshaw - skylark herald's dawn
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